Could you please explain meaning of the phrase generally and meaning of "wind" in this case.

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My back struck iron: the trailer’s wall. My feet snapped over my head and I continued my graceless plunge to the ground. The first fall was seven or eight feet, the second perhaps ten. I was relieved to taste dirt. I lay on my back for perhaps fifteen seconds before the engine growled to silence and I heard Dad’s heavy step. “What happened?” he said, kneeling next to me. “I fell out,” I wheezed. The wind had been knocked out of me, and there was a powerful throbbing in my back, as if I’d been cut in two.

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    This is easily google-able. I understand that you may have not known this was an idiomatic expression, but you should at least share what research you did do, so that we know you at least made an earnest effort before asking. – J.R. May 2 '18 at 18:04

If somebody hits you or you have a bad fall, the air is sometimes forced out of your lungs. When this happens, we say "... knocked the wind out of me..." or "... winded me ...".

Note that this is not to be confused with the expression "take/knock the wind out of someone's sails", which means to discourage somebody.

  • I don't understand the phrase My feet snapped over my head. Would you mind explaining it? Thank you very much! – dan May 3 '18 at 0:11
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    @dan: it doesn't have any specific meaning. Just replace snapped with went. Does that make sense? – JavaLatte May 3 '18 at 8:19

Getting the wind knocked out of you is the colloquial expression for a spasm in your diaphragm, usually caused by a blow to the abdomen. It may feel like one cannot inhale, thus giving rise to the expression.

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